Professors and Pumpkins

UnknownWednesday, October 29th
4:30-6:00pm
Scholars’ Den (Clements Hall Basement)
Questions? dca@smu.edu

All Dedman College students and Professors are welcome to attend “Professors and Pumpkins” on Wednesday, October 29th. This is an opportunity for faculty and students to come together outside the classroom for a spooky evening of coffee and conversation. Come early for the pumpkin decorating contest at 4:30pm and stay for the conversation, beginnign at 5:00pm. Professors are welcome to bring their families and students are encouraged to bring friends. Halloween treats will be provided in addition to the coffee and lively conversation!

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Human Rights Hangout!

Event date: 10/23/2014

Event time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Event Contact: Maddie Chardmchard@smu.edu

Event Description: Meet and greet! Come get to know human rights majors and minors!

For more information: www.smu.edu/humanrights

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Bernard Weinstein, Economics, Declining Oil Prices Won’t Slow Drilling

The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

Posted Oct. 21, 2014

WHEELING – Two geology professors do not expect to see a slowdown in Marcellus and Utica shale drilling just because the price of oil dropped from a recent high of $107 per barrel in May to $82.75 Monday.

“Ten years ago, we thought $100 (per barrel) oil would be the end of the world. We adjusted. Now, we’ll adjust to this,” said Bernard Weinstein, a professor of economics at Southern Methodist University, following his Monday speech during the Ohio Trucking Association convention at Oglebay Park.

Weinstein said oil production from the Bakken Shale in North Dakota and the Eagle Ford Shale in Texas is powering the U.S. to soon become the world leader in oil production. Some Utica and Marcellus oil production adds to the domestic total, as drillers such as Gulfport Energy, Chesapeake Energy and Rice Energy have recorded oil production in West Virginia and Ohio. READ MORE

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Ezra Greenspan, English, new biography of black Civil War-era author William Wells Brown is now out

The New Yorker

Published Oct. 20, 2014141020_r25626-320

WILLIAM WELLS BROWN, by Ezra Greenspan (Norton). This biography of the most prolific black author of the Civil War era follows its subject from a slave farm in Missouri through a daring escape to freedom and a career as an abolitionist, writer, temperance advocate, and medical doctor. Born to a slave mother and a white father, Wells Brown wrote histories and novels featuring black characters, which became best-sellers. Nearly as well known in his time as his contemporary Frederick Douglass (with whom he occasionally sparred in the press), Wells Brown was largely forgotten until the civil-rights era “rediscovered” him. Greenspan’s book does much to restore him to his proper place in the canon, and provides an invaluable window into the early moments of the modern black struggle for equality. READ MORE

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Benjamin Phrampus, Earth Sciences, could methane gas explain Bermuda Triangle?

Discovery

Published Oct. 16, 2014

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…”Gas hydrate is known to exist along the U.S. North Atlantic continental margin, with a very large province on Blake Ridge (north of the Bermuda Triangle),” Benjamin Phrampus, an Earth scientist at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, told Live Science in an email. READ MORE

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George Holden, Psychology, to spank or not to spank

Christian Science Monitor

Published Oct 19, 2014

BOSTON — The way corporal punishment evolved in Sandy Haase’s family is, in many ways, typical. Growing up in Orange County, in California, in the 1960s, Ms. Haase knew what would happen if her father got angry. If she or one of her siblings talked back, or perhaps turned on the TV when they were not supposed to do so, “it was ‘Go and get the yardstick,’ ” she says. READ MORE

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Cal Jillson, Political Science, Is Ebola Obama’s Katrina moment?

Christian Science Monitor

Oct. 18, 2014

…“His White House team has really throughout his administration — but particularly in recent years, when approval ratings have been languishing – seemed not to anticipate developments,” says Cal Jillson, a political scientist at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. “And maybe even more important, it hasn’t anticipated the politics that accompany developments, whether it’s Syria, or ISIS, or Ebola.” READ MORE

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Joseph Batir awarded GRC Scholarship

Source: Geothermal Resources Council
Published: Oct. 20, 2014

…A highlight of the Annual Meeting, the Student Leadership Luncheon attracted more than 60 students and geothermal leaders to discuss job opportunities in the industry. In addition, the second annual GRC Scholarships were awarded to Megan Dewit of Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, Canada; Paige Granneman of the University of California, Santa Barbara, USA; Nastaran Arianpoo of the University of British Columbia, Canada; Joseph Batir of Southern Methodist University, Texas, USA; Maciej Lukawski of Cornell Energy Institute in New York, USA, and Holly McLachlan of the University of Nevada, Reno, USA. READ MORE

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The Psychology of Fear with psychologist Alicia Meuret

KERA public radio 90.1 hosted SMU psychologist Alicia Meuret on Krys Boyd‘s “Think” program Oct. 6. Meuret, Boyd and Madhukar Trivedi, chair of the University of Texas-Southwestern’s Mental Health Department, discussed “How fear serves us and when it can lead us astray,” particularly in the wake of the much-discussed Ebola case in Dallas. READ MORE

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Travel to Budapest, Hungary

2177_001Event date: October 19, 2014

Event time: 1:00 p.m.

Event Contact: Sherry Aikman
saikman@smu.edu

Location: Dallas Hall/ Basement Lounge

Event Description: Travel with the Embrey Human Rights Program to Holocaust Hungary. Find out all about the trip at an Information Session this Sunday!

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